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Check It Out: March 1, 2017

Your weekly news from the OPS Library Services Staff


Elementary Team Meeting -- Thursday March 9th @ Kaneko 8:30 AM

Remember to check the resources tab in the newsletter to find all sorts of information including the video use policy, integrated pacing guides, Dewey signs.  You will also find information on Go Noodle,, PBS, the MTC, Three Rivers Library System book bags, and much more.

And in a new tab in there is now a repository for all information from the newsletter (and more) related to Fake News including lesson plans.

From Refugees to Voting Rights, Books to Inspire a Just, Inclusive Society

The following booklists—which include contributions from the Bank Street Children’s Book Committee, the Bank Street College Library, and School Library Journal—are intended to be a starting place (not a comprehensive list) to help educators and librarians create a supportive space to explore these issues and help promote an inclusive, democratic, and just society.

Curiosities and Wonders

The attached list of books from Bound To Stay Bound covers titles such as Guinness World Records and topics like curiosities and wonders of the world.  All items are hardbound and have a lifetime warranty on wear and tear.  Please contact Stacy if you do not have a BTSB account and would like to order some of the books.

100 Women Who Made History Teacher's Guide

Though this Teacher's Guide fits with DK's 100 Women Who Made History, many of the topics and questions can be adapted for use without the book.

Supply Orders

Supply orders can be submitted between now and February 24th.  All purchases for Gaylord, Highsmith & Upstart must be made using Demco numbers from the Demco online catalog.  Furniture cannot be ordered with supply money, furniture includes things like stepping stools.  Please contact Stacy directly if you have furniture requests.

Maker Space Orders

If you wish to put in a maker space order, please contact Stacy Lickteig and she will assist you.

SLJ Fake News Webcast

A new season of SLJ’s webcast series in conjunction with ISTE starts off with a bang this month. “Information Literacy in the Age of Fake News,” an hour-long program on March 16, will feature four experts who will weigh in with their perspective and provide resources and tips to address this critical topic.

The program will cover how to vet information, consider point of view and bias, establish best practices for students, and manage the digital fire hose of information. The panelists are:

Fake News: A Library Resources Round-up

Scrabble tiles that spell "Fake News"

As librarians everywhere will attest, fake news is not new; fabricated stories have been presented as truth for centuries. But take a divided electorate and add a social media landscape where misinformation is shared with a click, and interest in the topic has soared.

Learning to decipher fact from fiction is a key skill for all news consumers, and libraries across the country are stepping up to help patrons gain the information literacy skills they need. With that in mind, Programming Librarian has compiled the following round-up of resources* to help libraries deliver their best programming about fake news.

SLJ--The Smell Test: Educators can counter fake news with information literacy. Here’s how.

Illustration by Steve Brodner

Discerning fact from fiction in news and online content has never been more challenging. From “pizzagate”—false reports of a child sex ring operating in a DC pizza parlor—and creepy clown attacks to retweeted election headlines touting events that never happened, fake news is rampant. Twenty-three percent of Americans say they have shared fabricated reports, knowingly or not, according to a December Pew Research Center report.

Librarians have an opportunity to take leadership in the current crisis. As proven authorities on information literacy, library professionals can help students analyze news authenticity. It’s time to step up to the plate.

Who Ya Gonna Call...or Email?

The fastest way to get your questions answered is to contact the right person!

  • Stacy Lickteig (531) 299-9614: Technology, cataloging, copyright, budget and ordering
  • Courtney Pentland (531) 299-9609: Library curriculum, Super 3+/Big 6+ Inquiry, Professional library, Newsletter Items
  • Laura Pietsch (531) 299-9615: Policy, personnel and evaluation, Sherwood grants

Makerspace Resources and Ideas

Download a copy of the Makerspace Playbook, 2nd Edition.  "The  thought of getting a Makerspace started can be daunting, whether it’s finding a facility, engaging members or students, recruiting mentors, dealing with liability, etc. We want your Makerspace to succeed, to expand the Maker community and grow the Maker movement, to share the Maker mindset and DIY mentality, and to engage and stimulate your neighborhood, school, town or region. We wrote this playbook for Makerspace advocates like you — teachers, parents, Makers, etc.—to make it easier to launch a space and get a program up and running."

Krissy Venosdale, currently an Innovation Coordinator at The Kinkaid School love to play, innovate, and support teachers and kids in learning. Check out her fabulous blog at for all kinds of great ideas and resources, and while you are at it, sign up for her upcoming Google Hangout Broadcast:

In Call for Early STEM Learning, Libraries Cited as Potential ‘Charging Stations’

Another great article explaining why makerspaces in libraries are helpful for students.

Moreover, libraries are part of the microsystem of environments that serve as “charging stations where children can power up and extend their STEM learning,” the study affirms. Along with museums, libraries can provide opportunities for parents to learn STEM skills along with their children.

The authors also stress that children in preschool and the early grades gain STEM skills through “developmentally informed playful learning,” such as building with blocks, gardening, and working puzzles.

SLJ--News Literacy Pinterest Page

Seeking one-stop shopping for news literacy resources? Look no further than School Library Journal‘s News Literacy Pinterest page, curated by Jen Thomas, media and educational technology specialist at West Bridgewater (MA) Middle Senior High School.

Pinterest fake news

Omaha Public Schools does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, disability, age, genetic information, citizenship status, or economic status in its programs, activities and employment and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. The following individual has been designated to address inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies: Superintendent of Schools, 3215 Cuming Street, Omaha, NE 68131 (402-557-2001).

Las Escuelas Públicas de Omaha no discriminan basados en la raza, color, origen nacional, religión, sexo, estado civil, orientación sexual, discapacidad , edad, información genética, estado de ciudadanía, o estado económico, en sus programas, actividades y empleo, y provee acceso equitativo a los “Boy Scouts” y a otros grupos juveniles designados. La siguiente persona ha sido designada para atender estas inquietudes referentes a las pólizas de no discriminación: El Superintendente de las Escuelas, 3215 Cuming Street, Omaha, NE 68131 (402-557-2001).